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7:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Cuts Will Cost Jobs, Options in Louisville

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Richard Morris owns a dozen child care centers around Louisville.

He expects he'll have to eventually close them all because of recently enacted cuts to a Kentucky financial assistance program for low-income families to cover child care costs.

The cuts may gradually cost more than a thousand day care workers their jobs in Louisville and force many day care centers to close, advocates warn.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Lacks Stability Even After Deep Cuts Start on Monday

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Drastic cuts to a Kentucky program that offers financial assistance for child care costs to low-income working families go into effect Monday with little hope of full restoration anytime soon.

In fact, the state official whose agency administers the subsidy said it's still not exactly stable—that's because the program is based on projections that could change if demand is higher than expected among those who still qualify. Plus, the program depends on state and federal budgets—each of which can fluctuate in the future.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Louisville

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Judge Orders State to Resume Subsidy Payments to 18 Sanctioned Day Cares in Louisville

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A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ordered a state agency to resume payments for a subsidy program to 18 Louisville child care centers notified last month that they were being pulled from the program after a fraud investigation.

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Local News
6:34 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Kentucky Ranks 39th in U.S. for State of Child Care Centers

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Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not  requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report.

The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.

The report also suggests that Kentucky adjust its ratios for staff to children.

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kentucky Creates New Regulations for Day Cares As Licenses Are Revoked for 18 in Louisville

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Child care operators whose licenses are revoked will have to wait seven years—instead of the previous three years—before being able to open a new day care under new Kentucky regulations put in place as the state took action against 18 Louisville day cares.

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Local News
11:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

State Agency Identifies 18th Louisville Day Care to Get License Revocation Letter

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The last of the 18 child care centers to have its license to operate revoked by the state regulating agency is Small Smiles Day Care on South Seventh Street Road in Louisville.

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Local News
6:53 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Parents Already Pinched by Possible Day Care Closures

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The possible closure of at least 17 Louisville child care centers investigated by a state agency is already causing difficulties for parents who depend on their services—and an advocate is questioning why the state hadn't took action earlier.

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Local News
6:37 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Read | Letters Sent to Kentucky Child Care Centers Regarding Alleged Violations

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is withholding payments to 18 child care centers for a subsidy program for low-incoming working families after a year-long investigation.

Here are 17 of the letters:

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Local News
4:08 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

State Revokes Licenses for at Least 17 Louisville Day Cares, Withholds Subsidy Payments

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent letters dated Wednesday to 18 Kentucky child care centers—at least 17 in Louisville—notifying them that their state licenses to operate were being revoked.

The child care centers have 20 calendar days to appeal. The child care centers can stay open during this time period, the cabinet said.

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